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From the Archives: When “One” was “One”

By Douglas E. Welch

In the morning time of the Church of God reformation movement—when it was confined largely to the Midwest—the issue of race was no issue at all among the “saints in evening light.” We have several old photographs and camp-meeting posters indicating that blacks were not only invited to attend public meetings, but were part of the community, as well. To be sure, their numbers were probably quite small, but whether few or many, they were as welcome as anyone else. Continue reading

A Sure Bet: West Virginia Pastor’s Kid Reclaims “Wasted Years”

Duane singing “He’s All I Need.”

By Carl Stagner

Duane Clarke was raised in a Christian home with loving, godly parents. As a PK—“pastor’s kid”—he heard the gospel preached more times than he could count, whether at Middle Grave Creek Church of God near Moundsville, where his father was senior pastor, or at Ash Avenue Church of God, where his father had served as Sunday school superintendent. At age fifteen, while attending youth camp, Duane went to an old-fashioned altar and asked Jesus into his heart. Soon after, he followed Jesus’ example in baptism. But when this young sports fan checked into a local bar to purchase Lakers tickets, he was inadvertently introduced to sports betting. It wasn’t long before he was thrust into the world of gambling, and for thirty years, he couldn’t find his way out. Hell stole much from Duane Clarke’s life, but Jesus would have the last word. Continue reading